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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Oil Portrait in Progress - Update #2

Oil Portrait Underpainting
16x20" Stretched Canvas

I have reworked her mouth a fair bit but it still needs a bit more refinement so it does not look so flat and cut out.  I think I need to wait until this layer is dry though as I have tried a few times and I just end up blending everything into a nice flat gray, drat.

I refined her nose and eyes more as well and am quite happy with the way her eyes are looking.  Not so much with the nose but I think it is pretty close.  I think this is where it pays off to have several paintings on the go at once as I would like to work more but must wait for the paint to dry, very tempting to push things.

I am not 100% sure what I am doing with the chair as well so I think I will do a couple of thumbnail sketches - duh - I guess this is why it is always best to do the thumbnail sketch ahead of time.  It looked so nice in photoshop though....


Vanessa said...

This is going to be very interesting. I love using a brown/ochre base as well in the beginning. Keep on going hun, it's coming together nicely.

Tracey said...

Thanks Vanessa, I am learning so much already, loving oils! I would like to try the toned canvas for the next one, so many different techniques to try. I would also like to try a verdaccio soon :)

Flu season here has ground progress to a halt as I am sick and surrounded by sickos ;) Come on sprint ;)